MOUNT VERNON — An East Sugar Street resident addressed Mount Vernon City Council Monday night, asking council what it intends to do about properties that have been boarded up for long periods of time by property owners or deemed public nuisances.
“I’m here to ask what the city’s plan is for 204 E. Sugar St., and other properties like it — Ohio Avenue, Pleasant Street, just to name other areas with the same problem,” Hillier said. “… We allow properties to deteriorate and take the neighborhood down with it without a penalty.”
Hillier was expressly talking about 204 E. Sugar St., which was deemed a nuisance by the Knox County Common Pleas Court Jan. 20, 2017, after it was busted by law enforcement as a den of drug activity. While the property has been shown to potential buyers, it has not been sold.